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Reactive Dog Classes

Reactive Dog Classes

You Are Not Alone

These one-on-one lessons are designed for owners of dogs that have trouble coping with the presence of other dogs and/or strangers and/or other "triggers" on walks. Your dog may even have been labelled “aggressive” or “fearful”.

Irrespective of your dog’s background and the cause of the “issues”, there are many things we can do to help. We cannot, however, make any promises that we can "cure" every dog, because a dog’s reactivity, as well as the result of the training, will vary depending on many factors, including:

- the dog’s age and background;
- the dog’s inherited temperament traits;
- the dog’s life experiences to date;
- the dog’s early puppyhood socialization (if any);
- what levels of stress the dog is subjected to on a daily basis;
- how much time and effort the owner is able to put into the dog's rehabilitation programme on a daily basis.


Having a reactive dog can often be both exhausting and embarrassing, and also quite daunting at times. Frustrating. Frightening. Disappointing. Depressing. Infuriating. And, at times, heart-breaking.

Our first consideration is to create an environment and an atmosphere where everybody, humans and dogs, can feel SAFE.

In order for our dogs to learn about the world around them, never mind being able to work with you, we need to learn how to create an environment where our dogs can feel SAFE. Only then will they have a chance to be able to learn.


If you prefer, before embarking on the programme, you can book a Behaviour Evaluation.

The Behaviour Evaluation consists of a one hour session in which we go through a  Behaviour Information Form for your dog that that you will have completed ahead of time. We then meet your dog and assess its behaviour with other dogs, people or other triggers, and discuss how we can best help your dog based on our findings and your time and budget constraints.

To book the Behaviour Evaluation, please:

1) Complete s Behaviour Information Form.

2) Submit your payment. We accept:

- PayPal
- Credit Card via tel 250-929-1400
- E-transfer to [email protected] ($120.75 inc GST)

We will contact you as soon as we receive your payment and send you the Behaviour Information Form. Once we receive the form back from you, we will set up your dog’s Evaluation session at our Training Centre.





If we have not already done a Behaviour Evaluation, the first lesson will begin with us together going through your dog's Behaviour Information Form, making sure that we have as full a picture as possible of the situation.

From that, we together prioritize your dog's list of training goals and then go through a selection of educational materials, to give you and understanding of what is going on, what we will do about it, and why we do what we do. Finally, you will receive an initial, customized set of management and training protocols to implement, and a number of reading assignments.

We then continue with a number of lessons, either live online or in-person, the location and frequency which will depend on what is most suitable for your dog's training goals.

After each lesson, you will receive an email with the updated lesson notes and instructions.


Because living with a reactive dog can be a pretty lonely experience, and you don't meet many other owners of reactive dogs, Cowichan Canine offers a monthly (except December), Roundtable Discussion via Zoom.

We usually offer the Roundtable every THIRD Friday of the month, but sometimes dates may vary.

It can be a lonely life, living with a reactive dog. But know that you are not alone! Even attending class is lonely - only the instructor, no other fellow "reactive people".

So, we get together and share experiences of what it's like to live with a reactive dog. We talk about our dogs' issues in a safe environment, with other owners of reactive dogs who know what it's like, and who don't judge us because we "cannot get the dog to behave" or "cannot control the dog".

The event is open to past and present students. Past students are especially welcome, as they are able to share of their experience of the training with our new students.

1) Complete s Behaviour Information Form.

2) Submit your payment. We accept:

- PayPal

- Credit Card via tel 250-929-1400

- E-transfer to [email protected] ($522.20 inc. tax for the New Client Package (see Fees), not including mileage for inhome lessons)
We will contact you as soon as the form and your payment have been received to set up our first lesson.


CALL US TODAY to discuss yours and your dogs needs:
(no strings attached!)

Tel: 250-929-1400  or use our  Office Contact Form
or contact our Canine Behaviour Consultant directly via email:
[email protected]


Welcome to our Reactive Dog Programme – we journey together!


What's New?
What Clients Are Saying:

I enjoyed working with Bev and Laurie. The small classes and individual attention really make a big difference. There were a couple of moments in Foundations when you said "Click!" (and I did - yeah me...) at precisely the right moment for me to 'get it'. As a result, we went from Vita pulling like a fiend to polite walking in literally 2 classes. And getting the mechanics of Leave It/Take It down on my part (thank you again), helped me sort that one out in 3 or 4 sessions at home. We have, as you know, moved on to agility; Vita is having fun and is getting more confident and spirited with each class.

Colleen Hawkey

Hello Cowichan Canine, We thought you might enjoy an update on Sigrid. We went to the Port Alberni Sanction Match. We are so thankful we did Puppy Start Right and are in Foundations 1. The training really pulled together in this environment. Sigrid experienced crating, grooming, strange people touching and examining, strange dogs, a new place with strange acoustics, angry dogs, scared dogs, new commands, and a show lead. Her socialization has given her confidence in spades! She handled it all like a champ and she truly enjoyed herself as we were hoping she would. We could not have done this without the foundations training to settle and also to pay attention in a distracting environment. It was helpful for her to be used to coexisting next to other focused dogs without greeting. Thank you so much for all she is learning. Cait & Jess

Sigrid & Cait & Jess
Duncan, BC

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